Class Information

Name: Adult Hip Hop
Level: 18+  yrs
Time: Wed 08:15 pm to 09:00 pm
Studio: B
Cost: $50.00
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Dance Type: Hip Hop

Description: Hip hop dancing is an urban, ethnic dance form that has recently gained popularity among youth. Hip hop dancing began in the early 1900's, when the youth in and around Bronx, New York started dancing on the streets and is related to the modern break dance. Hip hop dancing provides opportunities for the dancers to express their creativeness. It features impressionistic movements from the soul. Hip hop dance represents body movements that compliment the beat and rhythm of hip hop music. Hip hop movements include: breaking, popping, locking, and free styling. Jumps, breakages, and rotation movements are combined, creating a dance style that is informal and explosive. Hip hop dancing is a good exercise workout for performers. Hip hop improves flexibility, body balance, and muscle coordination. Some claim that hip hop leads to a state of spiritual wholeness because it allows the dancers to create their own style and maintain fitness. Hip hop dancing includes unique steps and movements that are not introduced in ballet or ballroom dancing. Jazz, ballet, and other dance forms are technical requiring more formal training (including terms for movements) than hip hop. Hip hop provides more avenues for freedom of expression while dancing. Hip hop can be learned by anyone interested in dancing. There is no age limitation or restriction for learners and dancers other than their personal physical abilities and creativity. Hip hop is slightly difficult to learn because of its assortment of body movements.

Instructor: Lisa Varenhorst

Phone: (712) 540-3868

Lisa has been dancing in some shape or form since first grade and has a passion for both teaching and dancing. Lisa has been taking classes at Balleraena Dance Studio since November of 2010 and has found her passion for dance fueled further!

Lisa grew up in LeMars, IA and took dance at "The Dance Studio" under Tina McMurray from first grade until her senior year of high school. She took a variety of styles that included: Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop. She was on the LeMars High School Dance Team her freshman to senior year and nominated captain of the team her senior year. After high school she attended Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. During her four years there she took dance as many of her electives, and was selected as a member/choreographer of the Morningside Dance Team for all four years. She was nominated as Co-Captain for her sophomore through senior year on the team. Lisa also helped some of the surrounding high schools with judging for team auditions, and with choreography. Lisa graduated from Morningside College with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and a coaching endorsement.

After college she moved to Kansas City to work as a nurse in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. While in KC she took advantage of many dance classes in a variety of styles from multiple studios. About two years later Lisa moved to Sioux Falls to work as a nurse at Sanford's NICU. She then went back to school and attained her Master's of Science in Nursing with a specialization in education in 2011. She now serves as the Clinical Nurse Educator for the NICU. Lisa is very excited to teach at Balleraena and believes that dance is a space where hard work, art, individuality, personality, teamwork, laughter, and fun all come together to make for one great combination!